The brochure above arrived in my mail this week, because I've been a National Geographic subscriber. This is what they are offering:
Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the world, and the process became available to the wealthy in the 19th century. Nowadays such trips are routinely offered by travel agencies.
But this one is different. Note the destinations:
This is not a trip to New York, Hong Kong, Paris, London etc for shopping. For those reading this on a phone and unable to decipher the small fonts of the embeds, here are the destinations:
Machu PiccuAny ONE of those would for me be the trip of a lifetime. In addition, you are accompanied on your trip by a National Geographic photographer and a marine biologist, art historian, or anthropologist and archaeologist etc, who will give in-flight lectures on relevant topics - when you are not eating a meal prepared by the expedition chef (using local dishes and served with fine wines):
The Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling
Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
the Taj Mahal
the Serengeti Plain
Petra and Wadi Rum
Travel is in a small(ish) private jet. Accommodations are in hand-picked small lodges, not big hotels, and entertainment (Rapa Nui dancers, Andean weavers, Bedouin dinners etc) is provided. And there is an expedition physician traveling with the group. Of course.
It does cost a lot -
- almost as much as having a medical procedure in an American hospital without insurance.
So it's out of my range by about two log powers, but it still fascinates me. This is how the 1% live, expending this much for a three-week trip. Or perhaps charging it to a corporate account to be blended in with other line items.
I guess what I'm jealous of most is the lack of hassles for these travelers. I can certainly fly somewhere for a vacation, but on arrival I have to rent a car, drive myself through traffic, stay in a big hotel, find a place to eat and so on. To be catered to like this is an entire different way of life.
But those destinations...